Does your life goal include world domination? Have an ambitious plan that involves gold medals and international fame? Then you definitely know what it means to aspire toward something big.

The verb aspire commonly means to aim or shoot for. But it comes from the Latin word aspirare, which means “to breathe upon.” So here's a trick for remembering this word: Think of yourself reaching up towards a spire, that really tall, tapered structure at the top of a church. Or, if you’re in a poetic mood, imagine your wish as a feather that moves forward when you blow on it.

Definitions of aspire

v have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

aim, draw a bead on, shoot for
aim too high
run beyond or past
Type of:
be after, plan
have the will and intention to carry out some action

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